WIN TICKETS: Sacramento’s Harvest Festival Goes Beyond Holiday Shopping with Live Music, Holiday-Themed Performers and a Hands-On Kids Zone













Just like that, Halloween is over, which means the holiday season is right around the corner. Thanksgiving is three weeks away and Christmas just seven. It’s time to start planning your holiday shopping which means scouring the Internet and store ads for deals, and strategically planning your Black Friday shopping schedule. While you may already have some ideas of what to get friends and family, there always seems to be that one person on the list that is difficult to find a gift for. Enter the Harvest Festival, the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast.

Held at Cal Expo, the Sacramento Harvest Festival boasts thousands of unique items – all handmade and embellished within the United States. From clothing to specialty foods, to original art and photography, the this festival has got you covered. In addition to shopping, enjoy music by the Fargo Brothers, laugh with comedian John Park and the “Funny Waiter” show, take pictures with Mama Claus, Eddie the Elf and stilt-walking Santa, grab a bite or two to eat from the many varied food vendors and let the kids play at the KidZone area presented by Lakeshore Learning.

Sound like fun? We’ve got four family packs, that’s right – FOUR – to give away to four lucky readers. The family packs include four admission tickets and $10 in “harvest money” to spend at your favorite vendor booth. If you would like a chance to win, watch the Harvest Festival video here, and tell us in the comment section below what you plan to shop for when you attend. Leave your comment by 5pm on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Winners will be chosen on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Good luck!

WHAT: Sacramento Harvest Festival

WHEN: Nov. 17-19, 2017, 10am to 6pm

WHERE: Cal Expo, Sacramento

TICKETS: $9 adults, $7 youth, $4 kids, free ages 12 and under

*be prepared to pay a parking fee


Global Winter Wonderland is Back for its Third Year at Sacramento’s Cal Expo


Last week, Global Winter Wonderland opened for the season at Sacramento’s Cal Expo. Produced by China’s International Culture Exchange Group, Inc., the event features hundreds of giant traditional Chinese lanterns on display over several acres of the west side of the venue. Visitors will be delighted to walk through Santa’s Village, Snow Land, Candy Land, Toy Land, Fantasy Land and new this year, Under the Sea, an interactive area for children.

Entertainment includes the Circus of Light – fire-dazzling, action-packed acrobatic and circus performances, and “meet and greets” and photo ops with Santa and Global Winter Wonderland’s new mascot, Penny the penguin.

If that’s not enough to keep you all busy, enjoy games and rides at the carnival, ice skating at the rink, shopping at the holiday market, or dining at the International food fair. There’s plenty for everyone.

What: Global Winter Wonderland

When: Dec. 2, 2016 through Jan. 8, 2017 (only open on weekends with the exception of the week of Christmas)

Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd.

Cost: $18 for adults, $16 for children and senior citizens; $12 for ice skating; $25 for unlimited ride wristband

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Holiday Events Beginning this Week in Sacramento

Even though Thanksgiving is still a few days away, there are several Christmas-themed events and activities already in the works. here’s what’s beginning in Sacramento this week:

Global Winter Wonderland is back in Sacramento for its third year. This year’s event at Cal Expo features hundreds of giant Chinese lanterns. Enjoy strolling through Santa’s Village, Snow Land, Toy Land, Candy Land, Fantasy Land, be entertained by the Circus of Fire, ride the Ferris Wheel or simply have a cup of hot chocolate while doing some holiday shopping. Opens tonight, Nov 21 at 5 pm.

Head down to Old Sacramento on Wednesday, Nov. 23 for the Old Sacramento tree lighting and the Macy’s Theatre of Lights season kick-off. Click here to read more about the Theatre of Lights and the re-telling of Mark Twain’s famous poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas, ” click here.

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The Best of the California State Fair with Kids

The California State Fair is upon us – the much-anticipated summer event begins tomorrow, July 8 and runs through Sunday, July 24, 2016. That’s over two weeks of food and fun with the family. If you would like to know the ins and outs of getting the most out of the fair with the kids, take a look at this blog post over at Visit Sacramento: The Best Things to do with Kids at the California State Fair in Sacramento. Meanwhile, here’s some fair photos to get your mouth-watering. Enjoy!

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Discover the Dinosaurs comes to Sacramento this weekend!

IMG_7398.JPG“Discover the Dinosaurs” is coming back to Sacramento this weekend, and your family can learn about all things prehistoric at this 3 day event.

This Friday- Sunday (January 8-10), Cal Expo will be transformed into a land before time with exhibits showcasing the amazing dinosaurs of the past. “The goal of Discover the Dinosaurs is to create a fun environment of learning and activity that explores the wonderment and mystery of our pre-historic past. Once you enter through the stone arch, the adventure begins that is full of smiles, amazement and fun.”

Life like exhibits with sight, sound and motion along with hands on exhibits, will allow your family to really “dig in” and learn about these great dinosaurs of the past. Kids will enjoy activities such as:  Dino Dig (to discover fossils), Dino Theater (to watch educational movies), Dinosaur Rides (they can ride on the back of a T-Rex!), Gem and Fossil Painting, Bounce Houses and even Mini Golf!

Tickets are on sale at their website.  Adults that are ages 13 and up are $22 for an all-day ticket.  Children ages 2-12 are $26 for an all-day ticket.  Seniors $19. Admission tickets include Dinosaur exhibit complete with a Dino Dig, Dino Theater, Dino Coloring area and Scavenger Hunt, plus unlimited Dinosaur rides, mini golf and inflatables.

This will be an event not to be missed!  Kids of all ages will enjoy learning about the dinosaurs and will have fun doing it. So if you have a little paleontologist in the making- make sure you check out Cal Expo this weekend!

Family Fun at the 2015 California State Fair

One of the most anticipated events of the summer here in Sacramento is right around the corner. The California State Fair rolls into town Friday, July 10, 2015 and is here to stay for 17 fabulous days of fun and excitement. Grab the kids and head on down to Cal Expo for the making of some wonderful family memories. Here’s our list of family friendly events at this year’s State Fair that you won’t want to miss.


Old Favorites

Kids Park – Located on the east side of the fairgrounds, Kids Park is a kid-friendly, more low-key area of the park for games and rides. Perfect for kiddos 8 years and younger.

Camp Smokey – Camp Smokey is a fun, interagency fire prevention program that teaches fire safety to kids. Visit Smokey the Bear’s cabin for puppet shows, instruction on “stop, drop and roll” and earn your very own Camp Smoky Bandana by learning how to safely exit “smoke-filled” rooms.

The Farm – check out the California State Fair’s 3-acre farm for food tastings and to learn about natural foods through a variety of exhibits.

The Farm at the California State Fair

Baby Barn – one of the most popular animal attractions at the fair, in the baby barn you can witness the miracle of birth, gush over newly born piglets or lambs, and earn to milk a cow. Your kids will love the baby barn!

Petting Zoo – get up close and personal with some of the fair’s favorite animals. Goats, bunny rabbits, lambs, chickens, you name it. Your kids will enjoy making friends with some of the cutest animals around.

California State Fair Animals

Special Exhibits

Tech Trek – Experience the newest exhibit in the Expo Center, Tech Trek: Science Fiction to Science Fact. Tech Trek examines and celebrates the past, present and future of technologies inspired by science fiction and pop culture. Tech Trek offers fun, interactive areas that the whole family will enjoy. Explore the wonders of science and technology just by playing and experimenting. Tech Trek will also house a Stop Motion Studio and 8 Foot Zoetrope, where Fair goers can see pictures come to life. Don’t forget to say hi to Baxter, Tech Trek’s fun, interactive robot.

Minds in Motion – Minds in Motion will feature teen-friendly exhibits exploring the wonder of science and animals. Visitors can check out the giant chess set, Rube Goldberg machine, dexterity testers, velocity tunnel and much more at this hands-on exhibit. Get creative in the Maker’s Fair area, or just relax in the hang out area. Unique live animal displays help bring science and learning to life. Discover what makes bird flight possible, how the armadillo protects itself from prey and more in this fascinating display of the animal kingdom.

Dream Big – Explore, create, play in the Dream Big exhibit. Visitors are encouraged to Dream Big and explore the possibilities of the Golden State in this comfortable, family friendly environment. Here kids play and just be kids while learning what makes California great. There’s Family Story Time, Play Time Adventures, Dream Big Photo Vignettes, Dream Big Theater, Mommy Lounge and Snack Shack.

Beach Buddy Adventure – sponsored by the California Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail Licence Plate Fund, fair-goers will have the opportunity to watch see some of the California coast’s resident animals. Watch playful river otters, bald eagles, pelicans, a spiny lobster and a tule elk. Once you pull yourself away from those cute otters, make sure to check out the giant sandcastle and learn about the different sands found along the coast. Check out all the different station to earn your official Beach Buddy Badge.

River Otters at the California State Fair


Freestyle Motorcross – Cal Expo has drained the Main Lagoon to conserve water, opening it up to high-flying aerial dare devils. Catch a Jack in the Box Freestyle Motocross show each of the 17 Fair days for free. Daily shows include top name athletes, music and an emcee calling tricks and giving fans an up-close and personal look at extreme riding.

Demolition Derby – The Demolition Derby is a must-see if you love cars or just seeing them smash into one another. Get a front row seat for one of the most entertaining and destructive events the Fair has to offer. Come watch wild drivers wreck their way to victory in this up close and personal venue. Many cars will enter, but only one driver will exit a winner.

Demolition Derby at the California State Fair

Splash Dogs: Watch water-loving dogs from all over the state compete for the longest and farthest jump at the Splash Dogs Dock. This family friendly competition is perfect for pet-lovers and animal enthusiast alike. Fair goers can also get in on the fun by entering their own dogs in the Splash Dogs Competition. Friendly dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome to compete for a variety of titles.


TreeCircus – See the world from a tree’s perspective with the TreeCircus and TreeCircus Climbing Experience. Daring fair goers will have the chance to climb vertical ropes in this high-flying exhibit. If you would rather stay on the ground, enjoy climbing demonstrations and high-energy stage show featuring extreme tree advocate and entertainer Tim Womick and world-class tree climber and arborist Chad Brey. Also joining the fun on stage is everyone’s favorite Treeture, Arbor E. Tum, who is sure to entertain and educate the whole family.

Nightly Concerts: Enjoy free concerts each night of the fair on the Golden 1 Stage. The Toyota Concert Series includes performers such as Martina McBride, Air Supply, .38 Special, Ashanti, and more.

Specials & Discounts

FREE Admission: children ages 4 and under

Wells Fargo Kids Days: Each Tuesday of the fair, kids ages 12 and under are FREE; rides are just $2

Senior Savings Fridays: Adults ages 62 and older receive discount admission of $8 and ride FREE on the Grand Carousel and the Giant Wheel.

Youth Leadership Day: Monday, July 13 – youth will enjoy activities catered to future leaders.

Military & Veteran Appreciation Day: Thursday, July 16 – Admission is FREE for all military personnel with ID.

First Responders Appreciation Day: Thursday, July 23 – Admission is FREE for all first responders with ID.

Family fun Pack:  includes 4 daily admission tickets, 4 carnival ride or monorail tickets and 1 parking pass for $49.99.

Blue Ribbon Season Pass:  Includes State Fair admission, Raging Waters admission during the Fair, unlimited Monorail rides and Horse Racing reserved seating (for adults only) for $49.99 per person.

State Fair Season Pass: Includes State Fair admission and Raging Waters admission during the Fair for $29.99 per person.

Ride Wristbands: unlimited rides Monday-Friday for $30. Unlimited rides on Saturday and Sunday, $35.

*Purchase tickets before 7/9 for discounted prices.

Sacramento County Fair comes to town Memorial Day Weekend!

Sac County Fair 2015By Heather Crivellone

Every summer, the California State Fair comes to town and everyone in Sacramento is lined up to experience the thrill of the rides and the taste of the fried Twinkies! With the excitement and preparation for this large event, many people forget about the Sacramento County Fair that comes to town Memorial Day weekend at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Blvd.).

This smaller event is way more this mama’s speed when it comes to taking her young children.  I have to be honest, I have not had the desire to take my children to the State fair yet.  Every year when the fair comes to town….I purposely avoid that area of Sacramento.  Not because I don’t like the deep-fried Twinkies and the smell of the livestock auction, but because I am afraid of never being able to leave!  My kids would run off and get lost in junk-food heaven and would make me go on a few too many twirly rides!

However, this time around, with the County fair around the corner, I think it will be different and I’m actually excited to take them on their first fair adventure!

This year’s theme:  “Sacramento County Fair: Let’s Eat, Have Fun and Celebrate the Red, White and Blue” just screams summertime fun!  And what a better way to kick-start your summer than with a trip to the fair over Memorial Day weekend!

Opening day will be Thursday, May 21.  On Friday, there will be a Demolition Derby as well as “Value Day” with dollar food items between 4pm-9pm.  Saturday is “Stars and Stripes” Bull Riding.  On Sunday watch and participate in the Junior Livestock Auction.  Finally on Monday, the last day of the fair is Military Appreciation Day.

These are just some of the events taking place, along with the exhibits, carnival rides, live entertainment and all the yummy fair food, you can’t go wrong!  General admission into the fair is $5.  Children 0-12 are FREE.  Parking is $10 and of course tickets for the rides can be purchased at the fair or wristbands for the rides can be purchased online.

So if you are looking for something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend, make plans to head out to the Sacramento County Fair and make some fond family memories!

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